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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nobody but You by Jill Shalvis (Cedar Ridge #3)

When a Jill Shalvis comes up on NetGalley I can't hit "Request" fast enough. Sadly, Nobody but You didn't begin to compare to the previous book in the series, My Kind of Wonderful.

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She's broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I'm-too-sexy-for-myself guy who's now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob's dark intensity makes her want to tease-and tempt-him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

I was SO excited for Jacob's book. I was certain that his would be the fourth, and last, in the series, with the younger sister coming next and then wrapping the series up with Jacob's return home from overseas. So when I realized that Jacob would be next I got all excited and couldn't wait to see how Shalvis was going to bring him home. I even read the preview at the end of the previous book, which I never, ever do!  I did ultimately love Jacob and Sophie, and felt like his homecoming was well done, but I didn't love the way the series itself wrapped up. It seems as though the sister, Kendra, won't be getting her own book, and the precarious position the resort is in is wrapped up in a pretty bow.

But about the love story! Jacob is everything I wanted.  He's wounded from war, and finds it impossible to believe that his family wants him back. His heart leaps at every slight bit of hope from his brothers, especially Hudson. I  could feel just how much he wanted them to want him. Parallel to this, he meets and befriends Sophie and while there is a ton of sexual tension there, he also really just wants to be around her. She's not part of his family or his past and he can really relax and be accepted for himself.  I can't say that I loved his behavior surrounding him mom during his absence- it's meant to paint him in a good light, but I feel like it made him a bit of an ass to his siblings.

Sophie is a hot mess. A hot mess who made a rash decision that ends her living in the most miserable place ever. She's a hard worker, and determined to get out of her mess, but it's hard to believe she's as hard up as presented. First of all, she has no housing payment, how is she always scraping up the $20 to moor her boat? I loved the way she turned her work experience into a steady job by the end, but it seemed like too much too fast and I didn't completely buy it.

Did I believe in the relationship? Actually I did. Jacob really needed the outsider, a place where he felt relaxed and accepted, and for-god's-sake Sophie needed someone to ground her a bit. They both get a bit stubborn by the end, and some things are just a step outside of believable, but I did ultimately like them together.

My biggest complaint of the book is that the last 25% seems to squeeze in all the other resolutions- the sister, whose story I REALLY wanted, and that of how they fix the resort's problems. It's possible that she'll write a fourth book, I guess, but it seems like she's already tied up all the ends. Despite this, I'll keep reading everything Shalvis writes, and keep hitting that Request button without even reading the description.

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About Jill Shalvis
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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